I bet this method is used in Europe for people that have limited space for stacking firewood. If you don't have the room for row after row, one pile would make sense. The piles I have seen around here are all in small yards. I have limited space, so I think I'll try 3ea 7' piles. I was going to have 6 ea 24' rows, but the HH would take up less space next to my garage. I have 3 cords stacked there have been drying for 6 months, so it should be good to go for next season. The wood I' processing now will have over a year to dry out. I don't buy the 3 month dry time. I'll give it a full year.